The Jungle

Calais, France


The French port town of Calais is the primary transit point between France and the UK, and as a result migrants have been drawn to the area for several years. The issue first came to public attention with the opening of the Sangatte Migrants Camp in 1999 and subsequent controversy and closure in 2002. Since then the issue has continued as varied numbers of migrants slept around Calais in squats and camps while waiting to stow about a lorry to the UK. Many of the early migrant camps were in the forested areas surrounding the Rue des Garennes, the Afghans began calling those areas 'Dzhangal', meaning forest in Pashtun, which was eventually bastardised by other refugees into the moniker we know today, The Jungle.


In January 2015, the Jules Ferry Day Centre was opened to provide showers, toilets and mobile phone charging as well as overnight accommodation for women and children. As a result, in the following months a makeshift camp grew in the wasteland surrounding the Day Centre. This camp, dubbed the 'New Jungle Camp' grew to house thousands of migrants throughout the year.


The camp was made up of many nationalities from Africa and the Middle East. The largest groups were Afghans, Sudanese & Syrians but there were also Eritreans, Ethiopians, Pakistanis, Iraqis, Kuwaitis, Egyptians and a small group of Ghanaians. These people that made up the camp were mostly young men between 18-35 years old, but there were also a small amount of women, several children and unaccompanied minors.


Everyone in the Jungle had the same goal. To reach the UK.

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A view of Calais from the ferry.

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The New Jungle Camp on the eastern outskirts of Calais.

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Graffiti on the underside of a bridge leading into the camp.

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Hassan & Sharif, from Sudan, who have both decided to claim asylum in France after finding the crossing to the UK too difficult.

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Adil, a Kuwaiti Bedoon. a stateless ethnic group that the Kuwaiti government regard as illegal immigrants.

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Thirteen year old Habib and fourteen year old Mohammed, from Afghanistan.

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A young Sudanese man watches as a fight breaks out between Sudanese and Afghan groups over food distribution.


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Graffiti on the underside of a bridge leading into the camp.

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The train tracks that refugees use to cross through town toward the Eurotunnel.

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The overpass that many of the refugee wait under before beginning their attempts to enter the Eurotunnel compound.

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Interior of the Bradford City Bar.

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Interior of a nightclub.

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The remains of a bar that was set alight after a drunken argument between two patrons.

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Graffiti on the underside of a bridge leading into the camp.

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Azam, from Afghanistan.

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The interior of the church during the Sunday Service.

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Saddam & Mohammed, from Syria

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Ibrahim, from Ghana

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Okbah, from Sudan, who wants to go the UK so he can learn English, which will give him better job prospects when he returns home.

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Salam

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Man burning a sleeping bag for warmth.

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Film crew looking over the new container camp.

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Police watch the camp as bulldozers clear the land behind them.

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Afghan man wielding a homemade slingshot.

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The view towards England.

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